Funeral Course



I have just finished the Funeral Celebrancy course in Cambridgeshire.  Wow!  there are so many wonderful ways of saying farewell and celebrating the lives of our loved ones.

My role is to offer bereaved families a funeral ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family.  The ceremony will focus on celebrating and/or reflecting the life of the deceased and the tribute will be respectful and highly personal.

There appears to be a growing demand for these types of ceremony and the feedback from families is excellent, expressing heartfelt thanks for a ceremony that provided the funeral that they believe the deceased would have wanted.  In all cases the professionalism of the Celebrants is praised and Funeral Directors report that they find the Celebrants easy to contact, reliable and professional.

Contact me for any information and to talk through your ceremony with me.

About Me



Sarah aims to hit the high notes with a new career

As a drama, singing and piano teacher and member of a close harmony barber shop style quartet, Carousel, Sarah Chapman is well used to performing in front of an audience.

In a new career move however, at the age of 55 she has become one of the first in the country to gain a new qualification as a naming and couples celebrant.

Her interest was sparked after attending a family funeral which was conducted by a funeral celebrant rather than a member of the clergy.

“I was so impressed with both the celebrant and the service itself, which was a mixture of serious occasion and light-heartedness,” said Sarah, who lives in Totnes. “When I spoke to the celebrant afterwards he suggested I research the course, which is how I got started.”

Sarah studied with training specialist Civil Ceremonies, which offers two separate courses – one for funeral celebrants and one for family and couple  celebration ceremonies including naming ceremonies, wedding and partnership celebration ceremonies and commitment ceremonies.

Uniquely, both courses are approved by Government training body Ofqual, providing a Level 3 Diploma qualification. Official approval also means that, if appropriate, students who meet the necessary criteria can apply for grant-aid funding.

“I decided to do the ‘’happier’ ceremonies first and what I’m looking forward to most is putting together a celebration ceremony which is exactly what people want and which also has something I can put into it,” said Sarah.

“It’s the perfect role because it combines my love of being involved in events and ‘performing’, with making a wonderful and very personal day for couples and families.”

With her website, celebrationceremoniesouthwest.co.uk, Sarah is planning a profile raising campaign to promote her new venture.

In the meantime, she is continuing to juggle her piano and singing roles – which includes facilitating “Singing for the Brain” classes for people with dementia – and is keen to make the most of the new string to her bow.

Wedding Venue – Yurts



I am looking into venues for all your celebrations to take place.  One I have come across recently is owned by friends of mine – West Kellow Yurts near Looe in Cornwall.  How wonderful would that be to have your Wedding Celebration in a Yurt overlooking the sea!

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